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Asian Journal of Plant Sciences
  Year: 2006 | Volume: 5 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 385-389
DOI: 10.3923/ajps.2006.385.389
 
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Performance of Locally Constituted Quality Protein Maize Hybrids-A Fortune for Malnourished People and Feed Industry in Pakistan

M. Hussain, S.R. Chughtai , H.I. Javed , H.N. Malik and M.H. Munawwar

Abstract:
Maize, the leading world cereal is the third most important cereal in Pakistan following Wheat and Rice. Although, its direct utilization as human food (25%) is declining, its industrial (29%) and feed (35%) use is increasing. The normal maize lacks two of six essential amino acids, that is, lysine and tryptophan. The Quality Protein Maize (QPM) with higher protein and much higher tryptophan and lysine content has been shown to improve animal and human health. Keeping these facts in mind, a number of QPM hybrids have been constituted at National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), Islamabad from the temperate and subtropical originated lines from CIMMYT. The data presented in this study indicate that 4 selected QPM hybrids performed well in comparison to commercial maize hybrids. The results on yield and other agronomic characteristics along with lysine content of QPM hybrids are presented and discussed. With high yield and better quality, the new QPM hybrids can lead to food, feed and nutritional security and help to alleviate poverty among resource-poor farmers of the country.
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How to cite this article:

M. Hussain, S.R. Chughtai , H.I. Javed , H.N. Malik and M.H. Munawwar , 2006. Performance of Locally Constituted Quality Protein Maize Hybrids-A Fortune for Malnourished People and Feed Industry in Pakistan. Asian Journal of Plant Sciences, 5: 385-389.

DOI: 10.3923/ajps.2006.385.389

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ajps.2006.385.389

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01 October, 2009
Ephrem:
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